Friday, July 22, 2016

Besamim That Came From Orlah Trees

Besamim That Came From Orlah Trees
Day: Friday
Date: July 22, 2016
Parshat: Balak
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 216

For the first three years of a tree's existence, the fruits that are produced are called "orlah." These fruits are forbidden to eat and therefore it is also forbidden to make a beracha and smell the fruits or their branches for besamim. This is true only regarding trees that produce fruit. However, trees that don't produce fruit, such as hadasim, or myrtle, may be used for besamim even during the first three years. If one is unsure whether or not the besamim he has came from a tree that is older than three years, he may say the beracha and smell them since most besamim does not come from plants still in their period of orlah.

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